Farm Bureau award winners

Staff Writer

Two area counties were among the winners of the American Farm Bureau Federation County Activities of Excellence awards.
The winners will be showcased at the AFB annual convention and trade show Jan. 6-11 in San Juan Puerto Rico.
Lucas County Farm Bureau planned and hosted a farm-to-table dinner for its annual meeting. The dinner promoted local foods while members discussed Farm Bureau policy and met with board members. The event fostered relationships between local food vendors and Farm Bureau members. It also provided a time for local office holders to meet with members and learn about Farm Bureau policies.
Wood County Farm Bureau planned and hosted a Pee-Wee Beef Showmanship contest creating pathways to future involvement for youth in the area. Children participating in the contest ranged from 5 years old to 8 years old. The event fostered mentorship with older junior fair exhibitors, taught showmanship in practice leading up to and the day of the event, and created outreach and awareness of both the beef industry and all that Farm Bureau has to offer people of all ages.
Fourteen counties from Ohio were winners.
AFBF received more than 143 entries across all membership categories, with only 24 activities nationwide being selected to present at the convention.
“Once again, Ohio has more CAE winners than any other state,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau senior director, leadership development. “We are thrilled to see 14 counties recognized by the American Farm Bureau, and we are proud of what each county Farm Bureau across the state does to not only be an integral part of their community, but make it even stronger through these programs”.


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